Flyin' Frogs Run Well at Penn Relays
April 26, 2002
The TCU relays teams turned in solid performances to move into Saturday's finals and Cleavon Dillon finished second in the top division of the long jump, highlighting the Horned Frogs' performance on day two of the 108th running of the Penn Relays.
The men's 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams each cruised to heat victories with the second fastest times recorded in each event. The 4x1 unit of Steve Slowly, Michael Frater, Jermaine Joseph and Demario Wesley circled the track in 39.78 seconds. The Frogs and Tennessee (39.15) were the only two foursomes to finish in under 40 seconds. The TCU 4x2 quartet of Slowly, Frater, Aundre Edwards and Jermaine Joseph posted a heat-winning time of 1:21.50, again bettered by only the Volunteers of Tennessee (1:21.28). The Frogs and Vols will go head-to-head in both sprint relays in Saturday's Championship of America Division.
TCU's La' Toya White, Chaunte Baldwin, Tiffany Starts and Larissa Bakasa turned in the fifth fastest time in the heats of the women's 4x2 relay with a 1:36.20 clocking, also advancing to Saturday's Championship of America Division final.
In finals completed on Friday, freshman long jump sensation Cleavon Dillon leaped to a top mark of 7.71 meters (25-03.50) to finish second in the Championship of America Division behind only U.S. Olympian Walter Davis from LSU, who won the meet with a top mark of 8.14 meters (26-08.50). Kimton Coleman (7.49m) and Aundre Edwards (7.46m) finished second and fourth respectively in the finals of the College Division long jump.
TCU's White, Baldwin, Starts and Heather Hanchak nipped Mississippi at the wire to win the College Division of the women's 4x100 meter relay on Friday in 45.34 seconds. The quartet was without the services of Monica Twum, who was not physically at 100 percent.
"It was another good day for us," said TCU Head Coach Monte Stratton. "The relay teams ran very well. I thought Demario Wesley looked as good as he has all year in the anchor leg of the 4x1. The swirling winds made it difficult for the long jumpers. It really messed with their takeoffs. The women's 4x1 team turned in a good time, especially without Monica on the anchor leg. We're looking forward to taking a shot at Tennessee in the relays on Saturday," he added.
The 2002 edition of the Penn Relays comes to a conclusion on Saturday. The Frogs will be represented in the finals of the men's 4x1 and 4x2 relays, the women's 4x2 and 4x8 relays and by Brandal Lawrence in the triple jump.
TCU RESULTS (FRIDAY)
Long Jump Finals Championship of America Division: 2. Cleavon Dillon 7.71mw (25-03.50)
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